December 20, 2015 |
After a brief flirtation with normality during the weekend, the weather in Christmas week evidently is going to feel a lot like Easter. White Christmas? Santa's sleigh had better have wheels. Forecasters say the highs Christmas Eve should reach the mid- to upper 60s, about normal for the latter half of April. In the meantime, an impressive streak is about to end. Saturday will be the first day of below-normal temperatures in 24 days. Through Thursday, official temperatures in Philadelphia were running almost 12 degrees above normal this month, which almost certainly will become the warmest December on record.
August 26, 2015 |
THE MOTHER OF one of the three men accused of kidnapping and torturing a Jewelers Row employee in April testified yesterday at a bail hearing that her son was coloring Easter eggs on the day of the violent abduction. "He was with his baby mom, and they were home making eggs for Easter," testified Lolita Tucker. "That's what they were supposed to do. Dyeing eggs for Easter. " Tucker is the mother of Basil Buie, 23, one of the three men accused of kidnapping a then-53-year-old woman, who worked at the National Watch and Diamond Exchange store at 8th and Chestnut streets in Center City, on April 4 - the day before Easter Sunday.
April 7, 2015 |
While the coincidence of Easter, Passover, and a rare blood moon were reason enough for celebration, the addition of free parking in Philadelphia on Sunday seemed to heighten the harmonic convergence. An admittedly unscientific survey of tourists, Philadelphia residents, and business owners found most people had no idea metered street parking is free on major public holidays, as it was on Easter Sunday. The Philadelphia Parking Authority lists free parking holidays on every meter.
April 6, 2015 |
THE ONLY THING Henri David would tell the Daily News about the hat he'll wear when he leads Sunday's 84th Easter Promenade down South Street is that it won't be 6 feet tall. "I once wore a 6-footer and it collapsed midway through the show," David said. "So we're not going to go there anymore. " Instead, David's eye-popping high-rise will top out at a mere 4 feet and, if history serves, will look like he's wearing an Easter storefront display on his head. "I tend to gild the lily," David admitted.
April 4, 2015 |
This weekend welcomes two holidays. There will be Easter eggs and candy for some, seders and matzo for others, as Christians celebrate Easter on Sunday and Jews begin their eight-day observance of Passover at sundown Friday. Easter If you're celebrating Easter, here are a few places where you can hop on down the bunny trail. Let the great egg hunt begin! Stenton Easter Egg Hunt. 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Search for eggs and chocolates at the colonial home of William Penn's secretary James Logan.
April 4, 2015 |
The innocuous forecast that appeared on the front page of The Inquirer on April 3, 1915, the Saturday before Easter, did not evoke images of panic in the streets: "Unsettled, rain likely. " What followed, however, was one of the more amazing meteorological events in the history of local weather observations - a 12-hour siege of heavy snow that mocked meteorologists and the powerful April sun by accumulating 19 inches. An additional 0.4 fell on Easter. "Easter plans blew up with a bang," proclaimed the Evening Bulletin.
April 3, 2015 |
EASTER. 'Tis the season to buy chocolate. Seems every Philadelphian has a favorite - Bayard's, in Cherry Hill; Lore's, in Center City; Old City's Shane's; Kensington's Blasius. Right about now, such shops have lines around their counters. Question is, which ones are worth the wait - and the splurge? Filling a midsize basket with a few pounds of locally made chocolate can easily set a bunny back $40. In the interest of saving you time and money, the People Paper took on the tough job of taste-testing Easter candy - milk- and dark-chocolate eggs filled with coconut cream, vanilla buttercream or peanut butter.
April 3, 2015 |
On Easter Sunday, after the sugar crash from too much candy, dinner traditionally revolves around a big, glossy ham. It may look picture-perfect as a holiday centerpiece, but if that ham came from the supermarket, its origin story is probably not so pretty. Luckily, there are options in locally produced hams with backstories you can feel good about. Ember Crivellaro, who runs Country Time Farm in Berks County with her husband, Paul, wants those who buy her hams to know what kind of life the pigs had. Because pictures speak louder than words, she carries a small collection of photographs in her wallet.
March 26, 2015 |
For almost six years, Katelyn Darrow has devoted herself to Angels of God Clothing Closet, the nonprofit she founded that provides clothing, toiletries, and baby supplies to those in need. She started Angels of God when she was 12, she explains, "because I wanted to pay it forward. " This year, the Pitman resident has another ambitious charitable goal: to assemble at least 500 Easter baskets for children and teenagers in need. Darrow, an 18-year-old senior at Pitman High School, splits her time between school and her nonprofit through her high school's work-study program.